Living Today The Salina Journal Sunday, January 12,1986 Page 19 The UpstairsGaUery b aliaveaforSallna artists, fromleft, Sara Outfield, Jean Reitz and Barbara Jarvis. Story by Philomena Lawrence Photos by Monty Davis Portrait of three artists hree Salina painters have turned working together into & fine art. Since November, Sara Duffield, Jean Reitz and Barbara Jarvis have used the Upstairs Gallery, at 108& S. Santa Fe above Seitz Shoe Co., as a studio and gallery. The trio previously had $ studio in the Great Plains Building until it was earmarked for demolition in the downtown renovation plan. "The reason we get along so well is because we really care about each other, We have a common bond. .We're all extremely serious about our art. It is not like a hobby but a career, a way of life," said Duffield. Reitz agreed. "Our time here, the time we manage to steal away from our families is so valuable that we respect each other's right to privacy." Said Jarvis, "After Corking in a studio, I could never go back to painting at home again, there are According to them, Jarvis' use of pastels has influenced the others' work, Reitz encouraged Duffield to use white chalk pencil in her work. Duffield is the group's historian, "There's very little that goes on that doesn't have the others' input," said Reitz, who studied art at Emporia State University. "We value each other's opinions and share a lot of information about shows and galleries." They also share the cost of running the gallery, , "It's a lot less expensive to work together. I don't think any of us would be able to afford to be alone up here," said Jarvis. Framed pictures hanging on walls around the gallery's four rooms range inprice frora$55to$450. According to the artists, they do not base decisions about their work on what people are going to buy. "It's nice to sell paintings, but we're more excited about getting into Duffleld's pen and ink sketch will become a woodcut. ,, For each, art Involves a different medium. Duffield, for example, who describes her style as "more impressionistic," mainly paints with watercolors. She prefers simple forms and shapes like fruits and flowers. Her favorite creation is "The Nectarines," Duffield is a graduate in fine arts from Bethany College. She also pro* duce$ woodcut prints. According to ' her, these prints are fairly abstract, representing essential lines and forms but devoid of too much detail. Jarvis, who studied art at Fort Hays State College, has been painting seriously for 10 years. Three years ago she switched from oil landscapes to still life and interiors in pastels. Jarvis is the secretary of the Kansas Pastel Society. She, like French impressionist Claude Monet before her, finds water lilies a fascinating subject. She has produced a series of paintings of the flowers in a variety of colors, Reitz, a member of the Kansas Watereoior Society, prefers to work With mixed media — watercolorsand pencils. She likes to see color and pattern in her art. Her subjects include people, fruits, buildings and even a "bunch pi windows" which she painted last fall, Regardless of the differences in their styles, the artists claim they have learned a lot from each other, jurored shows. They give us an opportunity to show our paintings with others of good quality. Shows make us proud to know that our work is academically acceptable, that we're moving in the right direction," Reitz said. To enter a jurored show, an artist must send in a slide of the painting being entered and a registration fee. Only those paintings that meet the art societies' criteria are displayed and judged. The screening process makes these Salinans particularly proud of the numerous jurored shows for which they have been accepted, Reitz's work was displayed at the Women's Art Show in Wichita and at the Salina Art Center's Show, Duffield's "Hill Pears" was shown in the Kansas Black and White Ex- (See Artiste, Page 20) Visitors can, browse the gallery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Hie artiste* finished pieces range In, price from $55 to $450.
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